Migration background

Population with foreign background 2021

in private housholds
2 240 300
Gone up +4.8 % compared to 2020

First generation migrants 2021

1 635 000
Gone up +3.6 % compared to 2020

Second generation migrants 2021

605 300
Gone up +8.3 % compared to 2020


Population in private households by migration background

Statistics Austria follows the "Recommendations for the 2020 censuses of population and housing" of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) with respect to foreign background. According to these definitions, a person whose parents (mother and father) were born abroad has foreign background.

Persons of foreign background can be further divided into immigrants of the first generation (persons born outside the country) and immigrants of the second generation (children of first generation immigrants born in Austria).

Information on the country of birth of parents is collected in the Austrian Labour Force Survey since 2008. All population in private households is covered.

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Population with foreign background 2021 by federal territories (NUTS-2)

S: STATISTICS AUSTRIA, Labour Force Survey (Microcensus), average of all weeks of a year. Compiled on 17 March 2022. Population in private households. - Referring to the definition of "foreign background" see "Recommendations for the 2020 Censuses of Population and Housing" of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE, see http://www.unece.org/fileadmin/DAM/stats/publications/2015/ECECES41_EN.pdf). - According to this definition foreign background means that both parents are born abroad. This group can be divided into migrants of the first (born abroad) and the second generation (born in Austria; children of first generation). - Projected data from a 0.6% quarterly sample (annual average).

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